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I have a date with a Surgeon

post #1 of 22
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He's young, very handsome and hangs in the professional athlete circle. Ok ok... it's not REALLY a date. He's going to cut on my right foot and leg on July 21st. He's really good though. One of the best foot and ankle surgeons in the country and has operated on a lot of professional athletes and collegiate athletes. So I feel like I'm in good hands!

Some of you know that one of my many woes is that I have barely been able to walk for a couple of years. I've had a lot of pain in that leg off and on for the last 12 years but things have really deteriorated the last couple. Anyhoo... I've been through casts, electorphoresis, walking boots, physical therapy, injections etc. Then when I was through that process I started it all over again. Finally I got someone to realize this was debilitating for me. Basically I'm a 46 year old shut in (other then work). So this doc (Dr. Beals) finally agreed to see me. I had to wait 3 1/2 hours to get in to see him. And then he did an MRI and proceeded to tell me I'm in a lot of pain. I said, "Really? I had no idea!!" And laughed. Luckily, he is not one of those arrogant surgeons whose sh%& doesn't stink and he laughed too! He said, "you not only have achilles tendonitis... but you've got achilles tendonosis!"

I guess it is a degenerative disease. Down by my heel my achilles balloons out larger then a golf ball and has a lot of holes in it. Then there is supposed to be a muscle that goes from the middle of my foot to the achilles tendon. This muscle furnishes fresh blood to the achilles and keeps it healthy (and allows an injured one to heal). My muscle is missing! So they'll cut the bottom of my foot and cut a strip of muscle that goes from my toes to the middle of my foot and sew that on to the end and graft it up to my achilles tendon. Then he'll cut up the back of my leg and shave the excess, diseased tendon and try to make a healthy one. Then he'll shave some calcification I have under my heel and up my ankle that is compressing the achilles. Sounds painfull, I know... but it should allow me to have a more normal existence once it is healed! And I'm already in unbearable pain so what's a couple weeks more of pain?!

So that's my big date with a handsome surgeon on July 21st. I'm a little scared but also excited to finally have it fixed! It is going to be a long next few months!
post #2 of 22
All the best of Luck on your big date...lol My hopes and prayers go with you and I hope you have a speedy recovery.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
All the best of Luck on your big date...lol My hopes and prayers go with you and I hope you have a speedy recovery.
Thanks Big Daddy! Had you goin' there at first, with the subject line, didn't I?
post #4 of 22
Best of luck!
post #5 of 22
Me and P and T wish a sucessful surgery and a quick recovery to You tammie!!
post #6 of 22
I hope everything works out wonderful and you can be pain-free! My thoughts and prayers are with you also!
post #7 of 22
Well, that's quite a rigamarole you're about to be put through, but it sounds as if it may give you some relief -- wouldn't that be a pleasant change!! I hope the surgery goes well, and you have a quick and uneventful recovery! Lotsa vibes, Tammie!
post #8 of 22
I wish you all the best...sounds like you found the right doc
post #9 of 22
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Thanks Fran. It is quite a rigamarole! I haven't heard that word since I left Michigan! Brought a smile to my face! These Utahn's..... they just have a limited vocabulary! Fran, do you also know what S.O.S. means? It's a poor man's dish and I actually made it tonight!

Pat.. thanks bunches. I have 2 1/2 weeks to wait till it's time! And yes, I think I did find the right surgeon! He is also associated with the University of Utah.

Actually I've kind of been through this before. I had a left achilles rupture about 10 years ago that I had to have repaired. Dr. Beals said the recovery will be about the same but his part is a little more complicated.
post #10 of 22
Wow! I had no idea what all you've been going through these past few years! Sounds totally miserable. And the surgery sounds complex. Here's hoping that your date proves to be a winner, and that your recovery is rapid.

I didn't see anything odd about "rigamarole" either. Former Minnesota gal here. But I don't recall hearing it in the last 41 years since I've been on the West coast. Maybe I just didn't notice it.
post #11 of 22
Wow! That sounds kinda complicated. It will be good to finally be out of pain, though, won't it!

I'm originally from Michigan, too. I didn't see anything odd about rigamarole...but now that you mention it, no one here in Illinois uses it either!
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Wow!
I'm originally from Michigan, too. I didn't see anything odd about rigamarole...but now that you mention it, no one here in Illinois uses it either!
I'm telling ya.... it's the Mormon conspiracy! (The mormon's treked from Nauvoo ILL eventually to Utah.)
post #13 of 22
I am glad that you found a doctor that you have confidence in.
I hope that you have an easy recovery.
Lots of good healing vibes coming your way.
post #14 of 22
Best of luck to you! I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery.
You're far braver than I.
I need a knee replaced, but I steadfastly refuse to give it up until I'm good and done with it!

BTW I know what S.O.S. is, man, I miss my mom's cooking...
post #15 of 22
SEnding best wishes - but you will do well!


I like SOS.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by mzjazz2u
Thanks Fran. It is quite a rigamarole! I haven't heard that word since I left Michigan! Brought a smile to my face! These Utahn's..... they just have a limited vocabulary! Fran, do you also know what S.O.S. means? It's a poor man's dish and I actually made it tonight!
Rigamarole -- hmmm, now that you mention it, I guess I don't hear it here, either -- guess old habits die hard! I grew up in the east -- it was as much from mum as anyone else that I heard it.

S.O.S.? Can't say I've heard that one. Perhaps it's something I know by another name?
post #17 of 22
I'm happy to hear your pain will soon be over Tammie.
post #18 of 22
Oh, I do hope it all works and you can lead an improved life soon. I had ankle surgery 10 years ago for a ruptured tendon and now I have a little silver pin in it that holds the new piece in place. But I am going to see a surgeon this summer too as I am starting to get pain in it again and I think something is wrong. But I know how it is to walk in pain all the time and I really wish you well.
post #19 of 22
Tammie thats some cosmetics surgery your having there!!.

But with a handsome surgeon i'm sure he can take away some of the pain

Lots of (((((good luck and healing vibes)))))
post #20 of 22
I think it's amazing that they can fix something like that! Good luck! Hopefully this will do it for you.

Cindy
post #21 of 22
Oh I wish you the best of luck and a speedy recovery following your surgery!
post #22 of 22
good luck with the date
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